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NAME

       mksort - sort the standard input, allowing arbitrarily long lines

SYNOPSIS

       /usr/lib/smail/mksort [ -f ] [ file ...  ]

DESCRIPTION

       Mksort takes lines as input, sorts them by the first field and writes
       them to the standard output.  The first field is delimited by
       whitespace or by the colon character (:).  The lines can be of any
       length, as long as the entire input can be stored in memory.  With -f
       the sort is performed independent of case, so that the letter ‘‘A’’
       compares equal to the letter ‘‘a’’ and ‘‘a’’ is always less than ‘‘B.’’

       If no input files are specified, the standard input is read.  In
       addition, if a filename of - is given, the standard input is inserted
       at that point.

       The mksort program can be used in combination with mkline(8) to produce
       sorted files containing arbitrarily large aliases or paths which can
       then be read by a smail(8) pathalias router or aliasfile director.  The
       router or director should be configured to use the bsearch file access
       protocol.  See smail(5) for more information on routers and directors.

EXAMPLE

       As an example of the use of mksort with mkline consider a file,
       aliases, containing the following aliasing information:

              Postmaster:       hustead               # Ted Hustead, jr.
              UUCP-Postmasters: tron, chongo          # namei contacts
                                yamato                # kremvax contact
              tron:             tron@namei.uucp (Ronald S. Karr)
              yamato:           yamato@kremvax.ussr.comm (Yamato T. Yankelovich)
              chongo:           chongo@eek.uts.amdahl.com (Landon Curt Noll)

       Given this file, the command mkline aliases | mksort -f will yield:

              chongo:chongo@eek.uts.amdahl.com
              Postmaster:hustead
              tron:tron@namei.uucp
              UUCP-Postmasters:tron,chongo yamato
              yamato:yamato@kremvax.ussr.comm

SEE ALSO

       mkline(8), mkdbm(8), smail(5), smail(8), pathalias(8).

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright (C) 1987, 1988 Ronald S. Karr and Landon Curt Noll
       Copyright (C) 1992 Ronald S. Karr

       See a file COPYING, distributed with the source code, or type smail
       -bc, to view distribution rights and restrictions associated with this
       software.